Educating children about the beauty and wonder of nature - while promoting active engagement with nature for our youth.

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Upcoming JNC (Junior Nature Club) Events


Welcome to Junior Nature Club!

Do you like playing outside?

Do you want to learn more about Nature?


That Crazy Climate (Climate Change)


Group 1 - Pre-Kindergarten to Kindergarten

November 7, 2017 (Tuesday)

4:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Group 2 - First and Second grades

November 7, 2017 (Tuesday)

6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Starting June 1st these two groups above will change times or dates.

3 years old to Kindergarten will meet their normal day but from 4 pm to 5 pm

First and second grades will meet on Tuesday instead of Wednesday at their normal time of 6 pm to 7 pm

If parents have a conflict with one of these times, they can bring them to the other one since they will be on the same day but different times.

Thank you for your patience

Group 3 - Third to Fifth Grades

November 14, 2017 (Tuesday)

6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

Group 4 - Sixth to Eighth Grades

November 21, 2017

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Where: Lilly Nature Center at Celery Bog (view map), West Lafayette, Indiana
Boys AND Girls welcome – no membership fees!


Times and Dates for the 2017/2018 school year.

  • Insect Investigators
  • 9/5, 9/12, and 9/19

  • Here comes the Sun
  • 9/26, 10/3, and 10/10

  • Wacky Wildmen
  • 10/17, 10/24, and 10/31 (maybe)

  • That Crazy Climate (Climate Change)
  • 11/7, 11/14, and 11/21

  • Falling Over Food Waste
    11/28, 12/5, and 12/12

    Winter Break for us all!

    If we get snow during the winter break, make a snowman and send us a picture!

  • Native Americans and Mother Earth
  • 2/13, 2/20, and 2/27

  • The Secret Life of Bees
  • 3/6, 3/13, and 3/20

  • Food from our Farmer Friends (Local Food)
  • 3/27, 4/3, and 4/10

  • Let's Get Froggy
  • 4/17, 4/24, and 5/1

  • Pirates of the Bog (Annual Treasure Hunt)
  • 5/8, 5/15, and 5/22

    Memorial Week off

  • Dirty Dirt or Splendid Soil?
  • 6/5, 6/12, and 6/19

  • The Nature of Art
    6/26, 7/10, and 7/17

    July 4th Week off

  • Environmental Energy - The Flow of Things
  • 7/24, 7/31, and 8/7

    And then it will be time for a new school year!!!

    For parents with children 3 years old to second grade, use the first date listed.

    For parents with children in the 3rd to 5th grades, use the second date

    For parents with children in the 6th to 8th grades, please us the last date given.

    Thank you.

  • For more information, please contact: Ms. Zonda (Telephone: 765-366-9126), or visit the JNC website: www.juniornatureclub.org

    Experience a year of fun, learning and adventures about the world around us. Hands-on lessons, hikes (as weather permits), games, crafts and treats! Meetings are on Tuesdays or Thursday, every three weeks. We don't want to send any child away who wants to join.


    Dates for 2016/2017 School Year:

    Zonda says: I dare you!


    Sponsored by the Sycamore Audubon Society and Hands of the Future, Inc.


    We want to thank the Roy Whistler Foundation for their generous support to our programs this year!!!